I'm starting to come around on these morning runs...during the summer, anyway. Woke up at 5:30, drank some water, ate a couple of strawberries and hit the road a little after 6. Ran 4.5 miles at a comfortable 8:19 pace. The legs felt pretty good for my first post-race run (and yesterday's bike ride). Had a little discomfort in my right hip near the end, but I stretched and used the foam roller afterwards.
Now it's time for the nature portion of the blog. Part of one of my running courses goes around a local pond. During my morning runs, there is usually a great blue heron standing near the edge of the pond. I'll run by it and off it flies to the other side of the pond. Then I'd get to that side and it would fly back across...and so on repeatedly. I found myself apologizing to it aloud after awhile (the nature-lover that I am). My family often takes walks in the area and we've been watching a duck family. The babies are a few weeks old now. This morning, in addition to this family, I saw a brand new family of little yellow peeps. My kids will be excited to see them. So, between the glimpses of nature, the robins singing out, and the sun rising, it was a perfect way to start the day. Well, with one exception. I haven't had my coffee yet. That'll be taken care of in a few minutes. Have a great day & thanks for stopping by!